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that he loves medicaid and the pentagon announced yesterday, because of the sequester, it is ready to furlough 800,000 civilian pentagon employees around the world. that hurts! all of that and a whole lot more. but first let's find out what's really going on. lisa ferguson's got it. today's current news update. she joins us from los angeles. good morning lisa. >> good morning, bill. another light day for the president today. he's taking some meetings from the white house. first up is his usual daily briefing from the oval office. then he's meeting with his senior advisers and later this afternoon, president obama will record a radio interview with al sharpton joe madison and yolanda adams all in the oval office. >>> a surprising change coming from florida. governor rick scott has announced he will back medicare expansion in the state. president obama's affordable care act requires all states to expand their programs but many republican governors are against doing so with scott proval being one of the most outspoken. suddenly yesterday scott says he has reached a deal with the feds
saying their budgets are going to be cut. then the pentagon came out the next day and said we're going to have to lay off 800,000 civilian workers or furlough them one day a week. yesterday you had lahood, the transportation secretary come to the white house briefing room and say we're going to have delays in air traffic, shut down air traffic control. this tactic is because the white house recognizes they're trying to sway public opinion and put pressure from the outside on republicans. it's interesting. a poll came out just this week that said the vast majority of americans don't know a lot about these cuts that are coming down. the white house is trying to change that. the white house is still working, hoping for a deal. but i get a sense that most of washington and probably even at the white house they recognize we could go past the sequester at least for a few weeks, and there's going to be another chance late in march where the continuing spending resolution comes up or expires and they're going to have to negotiate deal on that. and it all could just be wrapped up into one. >> d
lawmakers the pentagon itself is partly to blame. jd gordon, former defense department spokesman for donald rumsfeld and robert gates. honor to have you on our program. >> honor to be here, bill. bill: what do you think about what he is making the point he is making? >> understand that he is frustrated but you know i think a lot of frustration should go back to the obama administration. it was the obama administration insist we have sequester if the debt super-committee failed to reach an agreement and they failed to reach an agreement. i remember very specifically at one of the presidential debates president obama told governor romney sequestration is not going to happen. two weeks away and looks like it will happen. it will be devastating for the military. we're talking about curtailed military operations around the globe. reduced funding for mint nance and training. 800,000 dod citizens are looking for furlough or forced time without pay. this will be devastating and we're just getting started with sequestration. bill: the last point you just made a lot of people haven't talked about. 80
out of federal programs and the pentagon. 800,000 civilian employees have been told by the defense department that they will likely be placed on unpaid leave. with the house and senate still in recess, a number of democrats are calling for congress to reconvene to deal with this mess. secretary of state john kerry, meanwhi meanwhile, is reminding his former colleagues that actions here at home do have global implications. take a listen. >> it is often said that we cannot be strong at home if we're not strong in the world. but in these days of a looming budget sequester that everyone actually wants to avoid, or most, we can't be strong in the world unless we are strong at home. my credibility is a diplomat, working to help other countries create order is strongest when america, at last, puts its own fiscal house in order. and that has to be now. let's reach a responsible agreement that prevents these senseless consults. let's not lose this opportunity because of politics. >> you know, mike barnicle, politics is such a cruel, cruel game. seriously. there's one guy that gets to the to
's confirmation. >>> this morning, former secretary of state, hillary clinton is being honored at the pentagon. we're watching the pentagon this morning. defense secretary leon panetta will be hosting the event on his last day in office. hillary clinton is being honored for her four years as secretary of state during which she traveled more than 1 million miles and visited 1 -- 112 countries. >>> in just hours, the national rifle association will directly respond to president obama's state of the union address. the nra rejects the president's gun control proposal. as kyla campbell reports from our washington, d.c. newsroom, this is all happening as the california congresswoman joins other moms against gun violence today. >> reporter: jackie speier is joining with group moms rising which has more than 1 million members online. speier and members from that group will deliver a petition with 150,000 signatures to lawmakers. that's asking the nra to back off and urging company to boat on the proposals. the nra's vice president and ceo wayne la pierre will directly respond to the president's state of t
of tragic. another voted expected later this month. >> the pentagon is creating a new metal that can be awarded to troops to have a direct impact on combat operations, but had never set foot in a combat zone. >> it is called the distinguished warfare metal. current defense secretary leon panetta gave his approval earlier this week. >> the head of the nra is firing back at president obama. >> criticizing comments he made during the state of the union address. >> he was talking to-build audience and says the president did not talk about keeping children safe at school. >> are hearing that he is more interested in taking away the rights of americans. >> the president use the state of the union address to make an impassioned plea for tougher gun control in many people in the audience were victims of gun violence. >> we will be back with >> we are back. angelina jokie and brad pitt jumping into the wine business. >> carl ahezua at the details. they are expected to produce red wine later this year. >> the 20 year-old actress told people magazine she is considering marcass sang it is one o
lawmakers talking about passing what's called transfer authority enabling these agencies, the pentagon and others, to set priorities and not this draconian sequester setup. the white house is saying that they may not be in favor of that. so you have this standoff that it appears the sequester's going to move forward just as it is. jon: we'll just see how bad it is. a lot of people say the politicians are sort of hyping the damage that we can expect starting friday. we'll see. bret baier from "special report." thank you. you can watch bret on "special report," all of the latest political developments, and this is going to be a big week, 6 p.m. eastern right here on fox news channel. jenna: well, u.s. special forces who risk their lives to defend the people of afghanistan, the innocent people of afghanistan, are under fire by the afghan president now. we're going to tell you what's behind hamid karzai's surprising accusations and what it means for our troops in the fight against the taliban. >>> plus, some breaking news from sin city. police naming a prime suspect in a wild shootout that
budget this year. $46 billion of that sliced from the pentagon. in addition, to the defense cuts the deadline would mean 10,000 laid-off teachers, a reduction in border patrol agents. $1 billion taken perfect relief funds ares for disaster victims and longer waits in airport screening lines of it's even threatening a nationwide meat shortage for furloughs for inspectors. >> it was requested by the president and it was his idea signed into law by h him. >> the president promised in the campaign sequestration would not happen and it's happening. >> he is getting to the $4 trillion target that economists across the country telling you that is needed to stabilize the debt. >> reporter: there are very real fears outside of the beltway that lawmakers can't and won't get a deal conin time. >> for me it's going hurt law enforcement. it's going to hurt the fbi and others. >> reporter: in new york, jane metzler, fox news. >>> in washington the white house defended president obama's immigration bill proposal wake-up to congressional efforts. >> we're doing exactly what we said we woul
. they don't receive combat pay and it's absolutely ridiculous. so recently, the pentagon established that a woman that serves in combat is entitled to receive all of the things that go with it to show our country's appreciation. so it seems to me that if we're going to have a draft and i really believe that if we did have a draft set up that congress would not be so anxious to the democrats and republicans to put our young people in harm's way. >> tell me why you say that because you're introduced this legislation multiple times and it's clearly something you're very committed to. you bet your life because the people in the congress that allow these things to go on, they have no fear that anyone in their community and their families are going to be making any sacrifice at all. less than 1% of americans, most of whom volunteer for economic reasons paid the price in terms of 6600 lives lost, tens of thousands of people wounded. veterans, american veterans coming home, disoriented, unemploy unemployed, some homeless and no one pays a price. i submit to you, we would not be in iraq, afgh
need a department of labor. even the pentagon, by the way, i'm for a strong military, no doubt about it, there are million americans who don't wear uniform or civilians work for the pentagon. the pentagon is a big bureaucracy. the point i would make, martha. private businesses did this during the recession. they sucked in their stomach, they tightened their belt. they got rid of waste in their budget and why can't government do that? martha: you've been saying it. rick perry tried to do the list you did. things didn't work out very well for him. you did it masterfully. you're not seeing that list from republicans, are you? >> well, i know, --. martha: elected republicans in washington? >> you know what, martha? paul ryan has a budget that passed congress the last two years and that has some pretty specific cuts. you and i might not agree with everything on the list --. martha: but i'm saying average person on the street what would they cut, they would not be able to do that. we have to go. >> everybody loves santa claus. that is why we have a problem and the debt, right? martha: thank y
clinton was awarded the pentagon's highest recognition for a civilian employee. clinton thanked the group for her valentine's day gift. we should note also for the first time since her accident in december, clinton did not have to wear those corrective lenses she's been using for impaired vision from her fall. >> in the future we will be looking to your suck -- to keep our nation strong, free and exceptional. >> and pope benedict xvi has given his final mass in a rare ovation from the people assembled at st. peter's kba silica. nbc's anne thompson is live with us in rome and i don't think we knew the full extent of the troubles he was experiencing in mexico, that final trip where he was in mexico and in cuba, we knew there were scandals in the church there, protests for lack of an apology. but now it turns out he took a fall in the middle of the night and hit his head? >> reporter: he did and it was after that trip when he wind chill factor to cuba that the pope made the decision he was going to retire and started setting the wheels in motion here for the announcement that came earlier th
at the pentagon, but probably be confirmed anyway, now, hagel was widely criticized during his performance during the confirmation hearing and they delayed the vote so they'd have more time to ask the questions about the nominee, they say there should be be no hurry. and it's an important position. and here is senator lindsey graham on fox news sunday. >> i think we're doing our job to scrutinize, i think, one of the most unqualified, radical choices for secretary of defense in a very long time. >> meantime, senator john mccain says that hagel is not qualified, but he thinks it's time to go ahead with a vote since enough time has gone by to ask questions and now shall the white house is worried because two important nominations are going so slowly not only hagel, but john brennan to head the cia. >> between john brennan, the cia director and chuck hagel secretary of defense, we want to make sure we have them sitting in the the chairs working and i don't want something to have been missed because of the hangup in washington. >> reporter: and the vote is expected sometime after congress returns to
if chuck hagel finds out if he should be running the pentagon. senate gem kratz failed to muster enough support to move hagel's nomination to the floor for a vote yesterday. the white house remains confident that hagel will be confirmed but accuses republicans of political posturing. >> ayes are 58, innays are 40. >> reporter: chuck hagel fell short of the votes needed to break a filibuster for his nomination to be the defense secretary. >> the filibuster of senator hagglehag hagel nomination is unprecedented. not a single nominee for defense secretary has ever been filibuster, never, ever. >> reporter: republicans argue they need more time, too controversial only to be confirmed days after getting through committee on a party line vote. >> we have a constitutional responsibility to -- to consider the nominee. a number of the republican senators have questions. >> reporter: democrats see it another way. republicans are dragging their feet on hagel to look for more information to bring them down. >> let's not hide behind a filibuster. let's have the kourcourage, vots or no. don't hide be
to head the pentagon after chuck hagel's nomination comes up short in a key senate vote. let's talk about it with monica crowley radio talk show host and fox news contributor. harry reid said just when you thought things continue get worscouldn't get worse, it gets worse. >> senator reid is sanctimonious on this point blaming the republicans and getting all up in arms about the fact that the republicans are holding off on this nomination when the democrats have performed similar maneuvers to try to block republican nominees including george h.w. bush's choice for defense secretary john tower. and nominee john bolton. jon: this is the kind of thing that has happened before. >> on both side, correct. nothing new here. jon: why are the administration, and democrats in the senate making it out as though the sky is falling here? >> they are trying to make a political argument that the republicans are just doing this for politics but nothing could be further from the truth. chuck hagel is a very problematic nominee. he had one of the most disastrous confirmation hearing performances in recent h
's quest to take over at the pentagon. >> we don't have the information we need and i am going to fight the idea of jamming somebody through until we get answers. >> reporter: republican lindsey graham repeating a threat to block the vote until he gets an answer from the white house on whether the president called libyan officials the night of the deadly benghazi attack. this after a sometimes bitter debate in the normally bipartisan senate armed services committ committee. texas republican ted cruz demanded to know more about hagel's speeches. >> we do not know, for example, if he received compensation for giving paid speeches at extreme or radical groups. it is at a mineral vanity to know if that $200,000 that he deposited in his bank account came directly from saudi arabia, came directly from north korea. >> reporter: angering democrats. >> we are not going to accept your suggestion and innuendo that there's some conflict of interest here because there is no evidence of a conflict of interest. >> reporter: and prompting this response from fellow republican john mccain. >> and no one
. just in time for spring, national parks like yosemite will see their services cut, the pentagon planning to force more than 700,000 defense department workers to take one day off a week, a 20% pay cut. near quantico marine base in northern virginia, the anticipation is already breeding anxiety. >> people are hunkered down, really afraid to spend any kind of money. >> reporter: there is bipartisan agreement for one thing, both sides seem to agree that these cuts will go into affect at the end of this week. there's also at least some good news. most of the layoffs and furloughs won't actually take place until a month from now. >> maybe they will sort it out at some point. peter alexander at the white house, thank you very much. >>> let's get a check of the top stories of the morning. natalie is here with those. >> good morning to you. >> good morning. welcome back. >> thank you. >> good morning, savannah. in the news this morning, john kerry is in london this morning as he kicks off his first official overseas trip as secretary of state. nbc's foreign chief correspondent andrea mi
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